07 Jun 9 Surprising Uses of a Banana Peel
Bananas are delicious, versatile, and super good-for-you, with about a hundred different ways to eat and enjoy. Can you slice one up and put it over a bowl of cereal? You sure can. How about putting one in your next protein shake to make a yummy and powerful post-workout smoothie? Oh yeah. It’s really true: from baking to DIY-skin care, bananas really go a long way. But have you ever thought about what to do with the leftover peel? Read on to learn 9 surprising benefits and uses of the oft-neglected banana peel that go way beyond the trash or compost bin.
Whiten Your Teeth
Lets face it, professional teeth cleaning is expensive, and over-the-counter whitening products can make your teeth uncomfortably sensitive. For a DIY solution, brush your teeth just as you always do, and then rub them with the inside of a banana peel! A consistent schedule of 2 minutes per day should do the trick. How does it work? Well, the peel contains salicylic acid (a natural astringent), citric acid (a natural and gentle bleaching agent), and manganese, magnesium, and potassium which can remove stains without wearing down your enamel.
Soothe a Mosquıto Bıte
Mosquito bites are itchy due to the fact that your body launches a tiny immune system reaction in response to the insect biting you. Those clever little mozzies actually inject an anticoagulant fluid that prevents your blood from clotting so it can take its fill! Because banana peels contain polysaccharides–which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body–rubbing a newly formed bug bite with the inside of the peel can quickly soothe the itch and reduce any swelling.
Heal A Bruıse
Many people find that rubbıng a fresh banana peel against a bruise can hepl to accelerate healing and the fading of the bruise itself. It’s thought to work due to the anti-inflammatory powers of the polysaccharide compound within the peel. For best results, tape a banana peel over a bruise and leave it there for at least 20-30 minutes, or even overnight.
Treat Your Acne
Going along with its powerful anti-inflammatory and tissue healing powers, the banana peel can also be used to naturally heal acne. To zap a zit, gently rub the inside of a banana peel over the affected area for about 5 minutes. Let the oils and banana residue dry on the skin to maximize the absorption of the healing nutrients. Then, wash and dry the affected area with warm water and a clean cloth. If done 3 times a day, you can expect to see a rapid reduction in the size and appearance of your pimple within 1-3 days. Banana peels also contain salicylic acid, which is commonly found in store-bought acne treatments.
Moısturısıng Dry Skın
Those who are prone to acne often struggle with dry skin. And while staying hydrated by drinking enough water is critical, you can also treat your dry skin by gently massaging a banana peel over the affected area to lock in some much-needed moisture. This remedy is safe and effective for those of you who may be struggling with eczema and psoriasis. The added benefit? You avoid the risk of exposing yourself to parabens, preservatives, and other harsh chemicals that are commonly found in conventional skin lotions and moisturizers.
Smooth Out Wrinkles
Moisturised, healthy skin is less likely to have fine lines and wrinkles. Of course, loving and accepting the skin is an important step in self-care. But there’s nothing wrong with trying to improve your look and confidence either. For a mini at-home face lift, gently rub your face with the inside of a banana peel, again letting the oil dry on your skin before washing it off with warm water (or even leave it on overnight). With repeated use, your skin will start looking firmer, smoother, and healthier. You can even use banana peels the way you would use cold tea bags or cucumber slices to soothe puffy eyes!
Heal Those Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are another one of those somewhat embarrassing yet totally common health conditions that affects quıte a lot of people. They’re actually caused by inflamed, swollen, and irritated veins near the anus and in the rectum that can be painful and may even bleed occasıonally. For a safe remedy to try on your own in the privacy of your own home, whir up a paste in your blender using a banana peel and about 1 tablespoon of witch hazel. Then, soak a clean gauze strip in the mixture and apply to the affected area for about half an hour. Repeat twice a day during an outbreak. The natural astringent components of the peel and witch hazel help to clean the area, reduce swelling, and to relieve pain!
Clean Up An Ink Stain On Your Skin
Lefties know the pain of ink stains! If a pen bursts or you if you happen to get ink all over your fingers, rub the inside of a banana peel against the area. The oils from the banana peel will bind with the pigments within the ink, making it easier to remove and wash off.
Improve your Mood
A study conducted ın Taiwan discovered that drinking a concoction made with boiled banana peels may actually help stabilize and improve your mood. This is thought to be due to the dopamine and serotonin found in banana peels which are known to have a mood-boosting effect on the brain. Drinking banana-peel extract (from boiling a peel in water) may also protect your vision, too, as banana peels contain luetin-an antioxidant known to improves the health of retinal tissue.